Monday, June 29, 2009

Haven't done this in years...

...and I've forgotten how much I love it!  Don't ask why, but for some reason God gave me the gift of lettering, i.e. being able to draw fonts.  Yes, I said fonts.  Probably from all of those years that I doodled, instead of listening, in class.  

In my early college years, I got in to painting, most of them with quotes, scripture, etc.  (One day I'm going to try the whole painting a picture thing.)  But I haven't painted anything for about 3 years.  Then my friend, Gina, asked me if I could do a canvas for their little baby girl's room!  And this sucker's going right above baby Harper's crib!  Such an honor.  The best part is that she knew the colors and the content, so all I had to do was make it all look ok.  

Here's the final product - 

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saved By The Bell + Jimmy Fallon

My favorite show ever!  Seriously, I could go on and on and on about how much I adored this show as a kid.  And then as a not-so-kid  - as in I would watch re-runs before class in college.  Sometime I'll have to post about the SBTB puppet show I did in high school.  Oh, and did I mention that I have the soundtrack?!  You know, with "Friends Forever" and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You."  The greatest!!

Well, looks like there's going to be a reunion of sorts.  Zack Morris tells us all about it in an interview he did on Jimmy Fallon.  OMG - laughing out loud at my desk!!  Check it out!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Adventures on Lake Yonah

Two weeks ago, Jamie and I joined our friends, Lindsay and Gavin, on a trip to Lake Yonah (Dot A below).
Lindsay's parents have a house there, and we were more than willing to join them for some time on the water.  

After relaxing on the dock for maybe 10 minutes, the guys try to decide what they can do to entertain themselves.  
Game 1:  Player 1 throws the frisbee, Player 2 jumps off the dock in an effort to catch in mid-air.
Game 2 (winner by a landslide):  Player 1 on the jet ski starts at the dock.  Player 2 on dock throws frisbee as far as possible as Player 2 races the jet ski to try to catch the frisbee.  Another alternative is playing in pairs.  

Tubing: Day 1

Lake Yonah might just be one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever been on! No road access to the houses, so you have to own a boat to have a house (that's how you get to the house).  And most of the houses are set back, so there is so much landscape!

Lindsay's aunt and uncle, who also have a house on Lake Yonah, planted blueberry bushes a couple of years ago.  Since they weren't around this weekend, we decided to go see how they were doing.  We ended up picking buckets full of blueberries!!  And we thought we'd come up with some blueberry concoctions.  

Concoction 1:  Blueberry cocktail.  
(tasted better than it looked!)
Concoction 2 (not pictured):  Blueberry compote for 
the next morning's French Toast)

Lindsay's pretty much the greatest cook I know 
(coming up soon, I intend to post about my idea I want to pitch to 
Food Network for Linds' own show)!

Our late night boat ride turned into an adventure when we
ran out of gas.  Here's Gavin making a pouty face at the time we realized!

Lindsay playing superman with her 200 lb. husband!

After a long night of catch phrase, my cute husband and I ready for a boat ride

Jess came for the day on Sunday, and we decided we'd 
go for a triple tubing experience.  Funniest of my life!

Jess gets adventurous (and Linds isn't too excited)

Linds and I barely hanging on

After almost losing our bathing suit bottoms (twice!), we decide on a different approach.  I almost wish there were more pictures.  It was hilarious!!  Every time we made it around a turn 
and we were all still on the tube, we were in awe!

Super fun trip with some of my favorite people!  Sometime soon I need to tell you more about what Lindsay and Gavin do!  It's even more cool than all the fun we had on this trip :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

What we've been doing a lot of lately...

Entertaining!  Here are some of our guests - 

For Dinner...

Sue and Dave
(new mom and dad, to me, not to Jamie)

Robin Anne and her roommate Allie 
(RA's 25th bday)

Megan, Sam, and baby Grant
He's a natural :)

My newest sister, Kelly

Not pictured - my cousin, Jonathan, who happens
to be traveling with the Broadway tour of Jersey Boys
playing Bob Crewe

For Parties...

My brother's 30th surprise bday party!
All of these people in our small space!


Even at the office.  Here are some pics of our 
summertime-themed staff lunch.
[Photos courtesy of Blake Tannery.  And 
taken from Dawn's blog!]

But my favorite so far:
entertaining for my cute husband :)
Random pic from RA's bday

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tour of Home

Here are some snapshots from our home (almost completely put together, finally)!   The bedroom is still a disaster area, so pics to come later once we've gotten that completed. 

*Sidenotes -  
- so many of the items in our home are either wedding gifts or are things that we've bought/found somewhere along the way.  I love that there is a story with almost each piece of our home!
- long story short, in order to avoid paying painters to repaint the walls when we leave, since this is intended to be short-term living, we are not hanging anything on the walls.  But there are really only a few spots that I would hang something any way, since the space is so small. 
- not a fan of the exposed cords running along in different areas, but alas, it's temporary living and in order to get a lamp lit you've got to plug it in!

the entryway 
*fun facts - my mom painted that painting!  the silver tray with the 
engraved "H" is actually a calling card tray.  my grandma gave
it to us as a wedding gift.  along with many stories.  and the coffee
table book was our wedding guest book!

to the right is an old china cabinet (that I intend to 
makeover, eventually, when we have more free time) 
*fun fact - this was a free find from my old house!  
it's now home to all of our brand new china.

take a left, and you enter the kitchen

view of kitchen from the living room 
(excuse the messy pantry)

living room (wish I had a good shot of the exposed ducts 
that run along our ceiling)

bathroom sinks

doors from the living room to our (huge) outdoor patio

our new outdoor furniture!  and the spot
where we spend most of our time

Friday, June 5, 2009

Latest Favorite Accessory

(Disclaimer:  not a fan of Kirsten Dunst's look here.  
Well, to be honest, I'm not really a fan of hers at all.)

The scarf!  Summer scarf, to be more accurate.  

And you wanna know why?  Because I can put on a scarf with just about anything and make it either dressier or more casual.  T-shirt?  Check.  Strapless top?  Check.  Dress?  Check.  

My favorite is the t-shirt and scarf combo.  I'm a huge fan of wearing t-shirts and jeans, but may feel the need to dress up my look a little.  Add a scarf, and I'm good to go.  

I'm also probably more of a fan of the brighter scarf, but love them all!